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Second split of Collegiate Go League begins today

Saturday January 28, 2017

The second split of the Collegiate Go League (CGL) begins today. The CGL is a competitive league for college go clubs, now 2017.01.28_CGL_bannerrunning for its sixth season. Fifteen universities from across the US and Canada are competing in the CGL’s regular season with 10 rounds and playoffs in April to determine the champion.

After 5 rounds of competition, University of Maryland-College Park leads the A League, while Lafayette College leads the B League. Among the fierce competitors are former stars of the North American youth scene, such as Yunxuan Li 7d for Cornell University, Lionel Zhang 6d for UCLA, and Calvin Sun 1p for UC Berkeley.

“Tune in on KGS to see your favorite players face off!” says Justin Teng. Click here for schedules and details.

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EJ readers weigh in with opinions, suggestions

Wednesday January 25, 2017

“Just keep it coming” pretty much sums up most of the comments thus far in response to our annual Reader Survey. “Thank you so much for having the E-Journal, the best Go publication in English, this is my main source of information for the game.”

Sixty-seven percent “always” read the EJ and the top three most popular sections are game commentaries, news updates and2017.01.25-kitty-reading reviews. Facebook is by far the most popular social media (62%), with Twitter at 27% and, significantly, nearly a quarter of our readership (23%) don’t use any social media at all.

Some of the specific suggestions thus far: “Produce a series on beginner lever; intermediate and advanced best Go practices.” “It might be nice to have news from different clubs around the country.” “I miss the teaching articles you used to publish, like the popular column, ‘What’s Wrong with That Move?’”

Here are some of the responses to the question about whether we should change the name of the E-Journal to the American Go Journal: “The ‘E-’ made sense in the beginning but seems silly at this point. Unfortunately, ‘Journal’ sounds old-fashioned and stuffy also.” “(E-Journal) identifies it as being on-line and up-to-date informationally-oriented.” “I guess the ‘E’ in the name is kind of outdated, but I don’t really care. You can name it the kitty go journal and I still would read it whole.”

Click here to let us know what you think!

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Kyu Championships Deadline January 29

Wednesday January 25, 2017

Registration for the 2017 North American Kyu Championship (NAKC) closes on January 29th. Kyu players that are under the age of 18 and members of either the AGA, CGA, Gimnasio de Go, or MGA are eligible to compete across 5 divisions down to double-digit kyu in Junior (under 13) or Senior (under 18) sections for beautiful crystal trophies. In addition, players who participate in all 4 rounds are eligible for either a $200 scholarship to the 2017 US Go Congress in San Diego, CA, or a $400 to the 2017 AGA Summer Go Camp, courtesy of the American Go Foundation. The tournament will be held on KGS on February 4th; for official rules and format, click here. To register, click here.

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Record turnout for San Diego tourney

Tuesday January 24, 2017

A record 47 players turned out for the 6th Annual San Diego Go Championship, held at UCSD on Saturday, January 14. The 2017.01.24_san-diego-collagefield ranged from 35-kyu beginners to 7-dan amateurs and from 6-year-olds to 70+ senior citizens. There were ten single-digit kyu players competing as well as more than ten new youth players, most of whom were new AGA members playing in their first go tournament. With 16 players contesting the Open section for dan-level players, Chengjie Huang (7-dan) won the Championship and the $100 first prize by going 3-0, beating two 6-dans and a 4-dan. The runner-up by tie-breakers, also with a 3-0 record, was UCSD go club president Jerry Cheng.

Paul Margetts won the single-digit Kyu championship and the $50 first prize by going 3-0 while Kevin Steadman and Chester Liang both were undefeated in the double-digit Kyu section.

In the youth division, Elias Klingbeil and Justin Lee tied with 3-0 records. A short unrated game was played to determine the champion and Justin won by 1.5 points.

The tournament was a joint venture of the UCSD Go Club and the San Diego Go Club. Prizes and refreshments were provided by the Linda C. Terpstra State Farm Insurance Agency.

The San Diego Go Club now turns its efforts to preparing for the 2017 US Go Congress, to be held August 5-12 at the Town and Country Resort; registration is expected to open soon.
- report/photos Ted Terpstra, President, San Diego Go Club & Co-Director, 33rd US Go Congress – San Diego
photos: (bottom right) Dan-winners Jerry Cheng, Chengjie Huan; (left) Youth winners Elias Klingbeil and Justin Lee with TD Ted Terpstra; (top right) go players in action

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Reader Survey asks “What’s in a name?”

Monday January 16, 2017

Revival of our annual Reader Survey was sparked by a longtime reader’s suggestion that we drop the “E” from the E-Journal’s title. Since we’re usually focused on more substantive content and design issues, this seemed like a cosmetic change of minor import but it did get us thinking that this is a good time to check in with our readers. Please click here to let us know what you think about the E-Journal, including whether we should change our name.

Deadline to weigh in is Friday, February 27.

A quick history of the Journal and the E-Journal: The American Go Journal made its first appearance in Fall, 2017.01.16_Journal11949, with a 16-page 8 1/2 x 11″ mimeographed edition that featured a game record — of the 1941 Honinbo match — in Korschelt notation, and hand-drawn diagrams.

The Journal, an intermittent “quarterly” that was mailed to members of the AGA, continued in this basic format until the September 1961 edition, after which it went on an extended hiatus, when the American Go Association agreed to distribute Go Review, the Nihon Kiin’s new, monthly magazine, to members.

Revived in January 1974, the Journal kept the same 8 1/2 x 11 format but now 2017.01.16_Journal2featured a cover with a slightly heavier stock and began to include black-and-white photos. The Journal went to a 5×7″ format in the July/August 1976 edition, a format maintained until 1997. In the mid-1980s a separate publication, the American Go Newsletter — also a quarterly — began to be produced, focusing on go tournament schedules, reports and player ratings.

In early 1998, the Newsletter and Journal merged and returned to the 8 1/2 x 11 format, this time with lots of photos as well as the go news and instruction the Journal has 2017.01.16_Journal3always featured. The American Go E-Journal first appeared on April 24, 2000, focusing, as the Newsletter had, on tournament reports and club news. Originally a text-only email publication (which were often referred to as “e-zines” in those days), it has developed over the years into a multimedia publication including photos and easily accessible sgf game records.

By 2003, with the E-Journal’s readership expanded to over 5,500 worldwide, while the Journal was being produced at significant expense soley for the AGA’s 1,700 members, the Journal was suspended and the resources reallocated to the E-Journal and an annual printed American Go Yearbook, which itself was discontinued in 2009.

The E-Journal, which now has nearly 10,000 readers worldwide — making it the 2017.01.16_Journal-EJmost widely-read English-language go publication — integrated with the AGA website some years ago and has been publishing on a often daily basis, especially during major events like the annual US Go Congress, US Pro Qualifiers and Cotsen Open. AGA members continue to receive special content in the weekly Member’s Edition, as well as the annual online American Go Yearbook compilation.

The rationale for changing the name is that since there hasn’t been a print Journal since 2003 the “E” is now an irrelevant distinction; the E-Journal is functionally the Journal and has been been for many years. The counter argument has more to do with sticking with a 17-year tradition and the EJ’s name-recognition.

As the creator of the EJ and the Managing Editor of all the AGA’s publications for many years, I don’t have a strong opinion on the name either way. I have been extremely proud to help carry on the AGA’s now nearly 70-year commitment to publicizing go, especially during a time when our communication tools have changed — and continue to change (check us out on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube) — so dramatically. What we call our publication is far less interesting to me than the question of how we’re meeting your needs as go players. So whichever way you vote on the name, please be sure to take the survey and let us know how we can improve.
- Chris Garlock, Managing Editor
American Go E-Journal and Yearbook

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Peter Nelson Wins Jin Chen Tournament

Sunday January 15, 2017

Peter Nelson 5d beat Edward Kim 7d, the dean of Northwest go players, to win the Open Section of the  Jin Chen Memorial Tournament at the Seattle Go Center on Jan. 8.   The players agreed that Kim played one slack move in the middle of a complicated fight between five unsettled groups, aPeter Nelson at Jin Chennd he said “good job!” Edward Kim Teaching copyto Nelson as he resigned. It was the first time Nelson has beaten Kim in five tournament match-ups. Kim placed second, and Dengda Tang third in the Open Section.

In the Handicapped Sections, John Hogan took first place among the Single Digit Kyu Players.  Hogan was visiting from Arizona, where he now lives.  It was very nice to see the former Seattle Go Center TD get to play three games without any worries about running the tournam
ent.  Michael Fain placed 2nd and Eric Backus 3rd.

In the Double Digit Kyu Player section, Nathan Saritzky placed first, with Carl Anderson 2nd, and Ray Illian 3rd.  The Youth Prize went to Maya Altschuler, who had a 2-1 record.   The tournament had 29 players.

PhotEmma and Yurikoos: (top right) Peter Nelson; (top left) Edward Kim teaching between rounds; (bottom left) Emma playing Yuriko – an even game across an age difference of more than 80 years.  Photos/report by Brian Allen


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Cho, Nahabedian & Moore Top MGA Roland Crowl Memorial

Sunday January 15, 2017

David Cho 4D, Mark Nahabedian 12K and Shawn Moore 13K topped the January Massachusetts Go Association’s Roland 2017.01.15_mga-winnersCrowl Memorial Handicap Tournament, with perfect 4-win results. 2017.01.15_mga-gridThey split the $100 prize pool. Twenty three players participated in the tournament, which was held Sunday January 8 at the Boylston Chess Club in Cambridge MA. The TD, James Peters, introduced participants to Fischer Time and the event ended up finishing around 6pm, a half an hour earlier than usual.
- Eva W. Casey

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2017 Portland Go Club Championship features unique format

Sunday January 15, 2017

This year, the Portland (OR) Go Club will play its club championship tournament over a period of two months. Each participant plays a minimum of four games against four different opponents, but only one game per day. All games are played at regular meetings of the club (Tuesdays at Powell’s Bookstore and Sundays at the Lucky Lab Pub). It is up to each participant when and where they play their games, subject to agreement with their opponent. An Open section for strong players and handicap sections for all others are available. Non-members of the PGC are welcome to play, but cannot win the championship trophy. Play commences at the end of January and continues to the end of March. More details on the AGA’s calendar.
- Roy Schmidt

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Tang Wins Young Lions

Saturday January 14, 2017

15645511_1834287183450264_2043075302_nTony Tang 7d won the Open Division in the Young Lions Tourney with a perfect 4-0 record in a field of 6 high dan players.  Held by the American Go Honor Society, the Young Lions is open to North American youth in high school, or younger. “I would like to thank the AGHS for holding the tournament,” said Tang, “everyone I  played in this tournament was pretty strong, I almost lost some of my games. Fortunately, I came back in the end. It was fun and a good experience.”  Bingyun Wang 5d, who lost only to Tang, took second in the Open Division. “This year’s tournament was a huge success,” adds AGHS Promotion Head Albert Yen.  “The  phenomenal turnout of 52 players, 13 of whom were dan players, yielded an impressive 5 divisions this year.”  Top four finishers in each bracket will be receiving prizes including cash, trophies, and AGHS t-shirts. -Paul Barchilon, E-J Youth Editor.  Photo by Tony Tang. Winner’s Report: Open Division (4d+): Tony Tang; Division A (3k-3d): Eden Chen; Division B (9k-4k): Darwin Kim; Division C (12k-9k): Alana Noehrenberg; Division D (30-13k): Jerry Qui. For full results click here.

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Seattle Go Center prepares for Jin Chen Tournament this Sunday

Friday January 6, 2017

The seventh annual Jin Chen Memorial Tournament will be this Sunday, Jan. 8. at the Seattle Go Center.  Registration is on the day of the tournament from 1Relined Boards0 – 10:45 am.  This is their biggest tournament of the year, a fun challenge for players at all levels, with 3 rounds.   The total prize purse is $1050, with $300 for the winner of the Open Section.  The fees are $15 general admission/$10 for youth and voting members of the Seattle Go Center.  More info is on the Go Center Calendar.

The Go Center will have much improved go boards to play on this year.  Nine of their well-used 2 inch table boards have been refinished and relined in Japan.  In addition, three excellent table boards, and two gobans have been recently donated.  Photo: Unpacking boards refinished in Japan with the help of the Nihon/Ki-in.  Photo/Report by Brian Allen.

 

 

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